The Daily Dish

The role of large banks in the financial system has been a contentious political and policy debate. In particular, critics have argued that big banks benefit from an implicit taxpayer subsidy stemming from their ability to borrow at lower cost. The argument pins this lower borrowing cost on perceived reduced risk due to the fact that these banks will be bailed out by the government if they get in trouble. That is the heart of the notion of “too big to fail” (TBTF).

93 Power Plants in Danger from EPA’s Climate Rule

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) own estimates, its proposed power plant regulation could eliminate one-fifth of existing coal generation facilities and 80,000 energy jobs. The regulation, set for final publication this summer, would regulate emissions at existing coal and natural gas power plants, while also ensuring that consumer use less energy from coal facilities. Based on American Action Forum (AAF) research, this means that more than 90 coal-fired power plants could be retired across the country. Secondary employment impacts suggest that EPA’s power plant regulation could eliminate 296,000 jobs, about the population of Cincinnati, Ohio and more than the total number of jobs the economy created in February 2015.

AAF’s Minimum Wage Paper 1 Year Later: Why is it so Successful?

AAF’s Minimum Wage Paper 1 Year Later: Why is it so Successful?

About one year ago, AAF Policy Analyst Ben Gitis authored a paper examining the minimum wage and its effect on jobs: “How Minimum Wage Increased Unemployment and Reduced Job Creation in 2013”.  To the Forum’s delight, the paper was not only cited early and often, but it’s garnered a strong, staying power online: it still garners an average of nearly 1,000 views each week.

Its success has raised the question: why?

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